Cowgirl Honoree Donna Howell-Sickles designed Pendleton Round-Up Poster

2007 Cowgirl Honoree Donna Howell-Sickles

The Pendleton Round-Up is excited to announce the selection of cowgirl artist Donna Howell-Sickles as its 2019 rodeo poster artist.  Howell-Sickles is an award winning artist from Saint Jo, Texas known for her colorful, energetic and joyful depictions of the American cowgirl.  Donna’s work is included in prestigious museum and prominent private collections.  Her art is carried by galleries across the west. A book, Cowgirl Rising, celebrates her works.  Donna was selected as a member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, in recognition for her powerful portrayals of historic and contemporary cowgirls.

Donna attributes her love of the cowgirl and western imagery to a vintage postcard of a cowgirl on a horse captioned, “Greetings from a Real Cowgirl from the ole Southwest”.  Inspired by the charm and confidence of the woman in the image, Donna has made the iconic cowgirl–and all that she stands for– the central theme in her contemporary Western settings of mixed-media artwork.

“Employing a bold palette of vibrant colors and dynamic visual movement, Donna is a perfect fit to capture the color and drama of the Pendleton Round-Up.  There is no better embodiment of the confident, exuberant, fearless and playful spirit of Donna’s cowgirls than the members of the Pendleton Round-Up Court celebrated in the poster.  Paired with the iconic colors of the Round-Up’s bucking chutes and the historic TiPi Village, Donna has created a masterful poster,” observed Round-Up Publicity Director Pat Reay.

“The historic Pendleton Round-Up is rich with iconic images, so choosing just one for a poster was a challenge.  Portraying a Round-Up queen in a posture of welcome and celebration atop one of the red bucking chute gates of the arena, surrounded by the triangles of the Tipi Village seemed to be a good solution.  The red roses around her hat underscore the beauty of the entire event. I look forward the attending the Round-Up again in September,” commented Donna.

The posters will be available for purchase on the 25th of March, according to Pendleton Round-Up Retail Manager Nicole Herranen.  In addition to the basic poster, special limited editions will be available as well.  Nicole invites anyone interested in the poster, and related products bearing the image, to call the Round-Up store at (541) 276-2553 or visit the Round-Up web site at Nicole also reminds Round-Up fans that Donna will be on hand during the Round-Up this September 11 – 14 to sign the poster and help celebrate the 109th edition of the Round-Up.

Katie Sickles Small
Sr. Graphic Designer | Art Director